What is the wastage policy for COVID-19 vaccines

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Wastage: Any vaccine that cannot be used. This includes expired, spoiled and lost vaccines. 


If your COVID-19 vaccine has expired:

  • If the doses were received through CoVP (prior to September 11, 2023): go to your Inventory On Hand screen - Action - Adjustment. Complete all fields with a red * and click Update. Your doses will now be removed from your inventory on hand screen.
  • If the doses were received through CVP or Bridge Program: follow the normal procedure of returning expired state-supplied vaccine doses. Doses received through the CVP or Bridge Program must be returned to the manufacturer.
  • COVID-19 vaccine doses that have expired do not need financial restitution.

In the event of a temperature excursion, please visit our DPH Helpdesk for next steps.
All storage and handling requirements must always be abided by, including maintaining an emergency back-up plan and ensuring appropriate storage of vaccines.
All relevant staff must be aware of and ready to execute their roles in the back-up plan scenario. (See Storage & Handling Policy).

  • If unopened, full doses of expired doses are deemed non-viable by the manufacturer, you will need to complete a vaccine return in CT WiZ.
  • If partial vials are deemed non-viable by the manufacturer, you will need to complete an inventory adjustment to document wastage in CT WiZ. These doses cannot be returned and should be disposed of.

Please refer to the restitution policy for more information.


For communications on COVID-19 vaccines, visit Provider Communications.

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